Walk Away, Walk Away by Diesel Demon
June is National Safety Month. This week’s focus is on Employee Wellness emphasizing eating right, reducing the harmful use of alcohol, no smoking, and regular physical activity.
According to the World Health Organization 80% of premature heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes as well as 40% of cancers can be prevented. Changing one’s eating habits and getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity at least five days a week are considered keys to healthier lives. So get out and take a walk in nature, swim laps in the pool, take a bike ride in your neighborhood, mow your yard, and clean your house to get in your exercise, then eat healthy fruits and vegetables.
But what else can we do to live healthier and longer lives? Pray! Yes, prayer makes a difference in our health, and groups like the American Psychology Association are finding the use of prayer for health concerns is increasing.
More medical professionals are interested in researching the effect of prayer on longevity including Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin in their book The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study. On a Huffington Post Religion blog Dr. Friedman said, “Our findings confirmed that individuals who were religious, especially women, were more likely to live longer lives.”
That’s good news to me, a religious woman, who has experienced wellness and healings of diseases that confirm my prayers to God are effective. I am mindful of these words from the Bible, Psalms, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God (Bible, Psalms 42:11)” and from Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Men and women of riper years and larger lessons ought to ripen into health and immortality, instead of lapsing into darkness or gloom. Immortal Mind feeds the body with supernal
freshness and fairness, supplying it with beautiful images of thought and destroying the woes of sense which each day brings to a nearer tomb (Science and Health, p. 248).”
Do you believe your prayers contribute to your health?